Thursday, January 13, 2011

Surprise - poisons are bad for you !

NZ Herald has an article today discussing that painkillers are bad for your health. Drugs are poisons, true drugs can world "miracles" and there can be many benefits from taking the right medication. However this does not negate the fact that drugs are poisons, toxins that the body must get ride of.

Therefore it shouldn't be a surprise that long term drug [poison] use increases probability of illness. In this case long term use of pain killers increases chance of stroke or heart disease. The pain killers were non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs [NSAID] which include ibuprofen among others. However it doesn't include paracetamol or voltaren. Given that stroke and heart disease are caused by oxidative stress, on could conclude that these drugs increase the oxidative stress on the body. Therefore you should increase your intake of antioxidants if taking these drugs. Buy how much is of course difficult to determine! 

Pain is a sign that the body isn't well. The way to heal the body, long term, is to heal the body by supplying it with the appropriate nutrients allowing it to self heal (unless the damage has become permanent). So by all means take the drugs, but explore other options as to why the pain exists and what changes you can make to allow your body to heal.

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